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The XO Laptop Generation

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[First published as The XO Generation on November 25, 2007.]

The Give 1 Get 1 program for the revolutionary XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has been extended until the end of 2007.

I don’t know how many people and organizations will participate in this program. The only figures I have seen to date can be found in xo-laptop: A Little Laptop With Big Ambitions But Little Power:

The program was supposed to last just two weeks, but on Thursday One Laptop said it was extending the offer through Dec. 31 because “people want more time to participate.” Mr. Negroponte says there were about 45,000 two-laptop orders in the first nine days, with nearly half coming on the first day.

I think it fair to say that at least 100,000 laptops will be ordered through this program, and that 500,000 is an over-optimistic estimate, though I would love to be proved wrong on this.

Be that as it may, the year 2008 will begin with the first 100,000 or so members of what I call the “XO Generation,” the people who will first experience a computer when they use an XO or the people who, while having some experience in computers, are committed to either trying an XO or, as is my case, are committed to getting one so they can apply their skills to help make this project a success.

My fellow XO owners and users are going to have an enormous amount of fun as we figure out how to use this revolutionary new device, both for its intended purpose — to improve education worldwide — and in a host of new applications that we are only just starting to appreciate, such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as discussed in my posts terraputer, xo-laptop xo-sahana: A historic occasion, using the XO Laptop to run Sahana and terraputer xo-laptop: Saving Lives Using the XO Laptop.

I am confident it is going to be a great ride. I also know it is going to be fun, and it is going to be a very rewarding experience to be part of this project.

One of the most pleasing parts of my “Jikes days,” work that resulted in the release of IBM’s first open-source project, was the realization that everyone I dealt with wanted the project to succeed. Though this is in part due to the collaborative nature of open-source, there was an extra level of satisfaction in this project in that all involved knew it was setting new ground.

Opportunities like this come along very rarely. You can consider your lucky if you get more than one such opportunity in a lifetime.

But one is enough … if you seize the opportunity

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Written by daveshields

December 12, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Posted in xo-laptop

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  1. […] I am posting this on my XO blog as there is a bit of the collector in all of us, and I would hope that one of the main uses of the XO in the years to come will be the cataloging of their culture by the members of the XO Generation […]

    On Philately « GO TO XO

    December 20, 2007 at 6:19 pm


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